Visiting Teaching Assistant Professor in Strategic Communication

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Work type: Faculty Part-Time
Location: Denver, CO
Categories: Faculty
Division: Arts & Humanities/Social Sciences

Located where the Great Plains meet the Rocky Mountains, the University of Denver embodies the spirit of exploration and discovery that defines our region and our history. DU is a private institution built on exploration through research and collaboration among educators, students, and local and global communities. With nationally recognized academic programs, a history of widespread influence, a forward-looking vision for a 21st-century education, and a deep commitment to promoting inclusion, we open a world of opportunity to students and empower them to make a difference around the world. Through learning, scholarship and practice, students gain the experience, knowledge and courage they need to tackle big challenges in the real world and guide diverse communities and organizations. 

As the University’s largest and most varied academic unit, the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (CAHSS) is comprised of artists, learners, performers, scholars, scientists, and teachers across 21+ departments, programs, schools, and centers and acts as a central hub where many of the University's disciplines intersect. Nearly all 6,000 undergraduates at the University take liberal arts courses with us, and about one-third of these students declare a first major in a CAHSS program. Most of our departments, programs and schools offer master's or doctoral programs. CAHSS scholars, artists, instructors, staff, and students collaborate in a shared quest for knowledge about the human condition and the development of skills to improve our local and global communities. The diverse scope of CAHSS allows our students to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed at nearly any career in today’s global society.  

The Department of Media, Film and Journalism Studies (MFJS) in the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Denver offers students a robust understanding of the role of the media in contemporary society.  With its emphasis on developing strong communication skills across various platforms and its grounding in the critical evaluation of media practices, the department’s offerings prepare students for the pursuit of excellence in the constantly evolving media, film, strategic communication, and journalism professions.  The Department offers undergraduates degrees in film studies and production, journalism studies, media studies, and strategic communication (public relations).  At the graduate level, the Department offers a Master of Arts in media and public communication (strategic communication or media and globalization emphasis) and a Master of Arts in international and intercultural communication. 

Position Summary  

The Department of Media, Film and Journalism Studies invites applications for a one-year Visiting Teaching Assistant Professor in Strategic Communication for the 2024-2025 academic year beginning in September 2024.  Eligible candidates will have received a Ph.D. or an M.A./M.S. and have significant professional experience. The successful candidate will teach eight in-person courses over three quarters during the 2024-2025 academic year. The candidate will teach courses in the Strategic Communication major and in the university’s common curriculum, including three (3) sections of the department’s introductory media studies course (Introduction to Media and Culture), one (1) section of Strategic Communication Planning, one (1) section of Strategic Communication Seminar, two (2) sections of Strategic Messaging, and one (1) section of Global and Multicultural Campaigns. 

Essential Functions

The University operates on a quarter system (10 weeks of courses and a finals week).  Courses are 4-credit hours, typically meet twice per week for two hours per class session, and will be taught on campus/in person in the Fall Quarter, Winter Quarter, and Spring Quarter of the 2024-2025 AY at the University of Denver.  Faculty must hold office hours, assign and grade coursework as appropriate, assist students, and teach class sessions as outlined by the course schedule. Course requirements will be outlined by the chair/director of the department. Faculty teaching introductory undergraduate courses may be eligible to have a Graduate Teaching Assistant support those classes. 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities 

  • Ability to teach in-person/face-to-face undergraduate class(es).
  • Ability to teach 8 courses over 3 quarters each year.  
  • Demonstrated record of successful teaching at the collegiate level .
  • Demonstrated commitment to working with diverse student and community populations. 
  • Must have training in and demonstrated capacity for teaching the department’s introductory courses.

Required Qualifications  

  • Ph.D. in Communication, Media Studies, Mass Communication or related disciplines OR M.A./M.S. in Mass Communication, Public Relations, Strategic Communication or related disciplines
  • professional experience in mass communication and/or strategic communication.   

Preferred Qualifications 

  • 1-3 years prior experience teaching in a media studies/mass communication department. 
  • 1-3 years prior experience teaching strategic communication courses and introductory level mass communication/media studies courses. 
  • Demonstrated expertise in intersectional approaches to media and society. 

Working Environment 

  • Standard office environment. 
  • Noise level is quiet to moderate. 

Physical Activities 

  • Ability to sit in front of a computer for an extended period. 
  • Occasionally required to move about the office/campus with the capability of transporting objects up to 20 lbs. with assistance. 

Application Deadline
For consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) July 15, 2024.

Special Instructions
Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Salary Range
The salary rate for this position is $50,000.

The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidate’s sex or any other protected status.

The University of Denver offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO pass. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.

Please include the following documents with your application:

  1. Letter of Interest that describes teaching interests and other qualifications, including a statement about the significance of the candidate’s work (2 pages maximum)
  2. Curriculum Vitae/resume
  3. Names and contact information for three professional references that the committee can contact
  4. DEI statement outlining the candidate’s commitment to creating an inclusive learning environment (1 page maximum; please see the CAHSS DEI strategic plan here.)

Statement of Other Duties Disclaimer 

This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change, or new ones may be assigned at any time with or without notice. 

The University of Denver is an equal opportunity employer. The University of Denver prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, age, religion, creed, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, military enlistment, or veteran status, and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination under federal, state, or local law, regulation, or ordinance in any of the University's educational programs and activities, and in the employment (including application for employment) and admissions (including application for admission) context, as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; the Americans with Disabilities Act; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; Equal Pay Act; Colorado Equal Pay for Equal Work Act; the Colorado Protecting Opportunities and Workers' Rights ("POWR") Act; and any other federal, state, and local laws, regulations, or ordinances that prohibit discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation. For more information, please see the University of Denver's Non‑Discrimination‑Statement.

All offers of employment are contingent upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

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